Fibresand winner EQUITANIA handled the surface at Lingfield last time but wasn't quite good enough. Dropped in class and trip and with Richard Hughes on board, she can return to winning ways. Bay Laurel's defeat of Sofi's Spirit, who runs in the first race on the card, has worked out well but Hardy Red's victory at Ffos Las in September looks superior form. Harrogate Fair has failed to figure since winning a handicap at Wolverhampton last month but is unpredictable and could go close on a going day.
Equitania 9-2 (8-9) Led until over 5f out, led again over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, faded, 3rd of 6, 2 3/4l behind Ready (9-0) at Lingfield 7f Conditions Stakes (2yo) (3) pol in Nov.
Hardy Red (IRE) 15-2 (9-7) Held up, headway and switched right 2f out, went 3rd soon after, ridden and one pace final furlong, 3rd of 7, 4 1/2l behind Benoni (9-0) at Haydock 6f hcp 0-75 2yo (4) hvy in Sep.
Harrogate Fair 5-1 (9-7) In touch, ridden halfway, no impression, 8th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Greenery (9-7) at Wolverhampton 5f 2yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Nov.
Bay Laurel (IRE) 7-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden and carried right over 1f out, led inside final furlong, ran on, won at Wolverhampton 7f 2yo mdn fll auc stks (6) pol in Nov beating Sofi's Spirit (8-9) by 1 1/4l, 7 ran.